I just asked this question in the DFW is closed thread, but I thought I'd pose this here as well as I still consider myself a novice and maybe other newbies have a similar question... I was essentially stuck in ORD as my original ORD-DFW flight was cancelled on Sunday night, then re-routed to TPA from ORD on Monday morning. The TPA-DFW flight was cancelled, meaning overnight in TPA and then the Tuesady morning flight I was re-scheduled on was also cancelled when I got there Tuesday morning. I finally was able to get a flight from TPA to IAH on Continental as AA had no more flights going to DFW yesterday, and then from IAH to DFW. I eventually got back to DFW yesterday thankfully, but my question is this: Is there anything I could have done differently from the standpoint of getting back earlier? There were flights that left TPA to DFW on Monday, just not mine. Should I have demanded a place in the standby list as I presumably had a higher priority than other regular passengers scheduled that day? Especially as I had already had an overnight stay because of the first cancellation? I'm not asinine enough to think that AA owes me miles or anything because of this entire situation, however I do feel like it was a free for all when it came to who was getting onto planes that still left the gate, with no regard or priority for more distressed passengers based on original scheduled flight times (two days prior) and/or number of forced overnight stays... Am I off the mark here or does it seem like if I relied on AA to reschedule for me (which I did until I made them schedule me on another flight with Continental just to get home 3 days late) it would most likely end up as the most lengthy option with the best likelihood of yet another cancelation? Is this a scenario where I should be proactive the whole time and think of routings myself to suggest to the gate agents?